On Sunday March 31st a group of 14 BIggar Ramblers walked around Harrowhope, near Stobo. This was a easy 7-mile route, starting from Stobo Village Hall, passing Stobo Home Farm (lots of lambs) and following the Easton Burn to Harrowhope Cottage (now a ruin) where a coffee break was taken. After this the walk contoured the Harrow Hope. This always feels a happy valley, little walked, very tranquil, almost serene; a place to be walked slowly and savoured. Most of the time, apart from the merry chatter of ramblers, the only sounds were from a chorus of skylarks. A slow lunch was eaten at a spot which looked over the River Tweed towards Dead Wife’s Grave on the opposite hills; this had been the destination of a previous outing by Biggar Ramblers on March 3rd. The weather was, until the final section, near perfect, with wall-to-wall sunshine, and this fed in the general mood of well-being. The walk was led by Bernard Airlie.
The next walk by BIggar Ramblers is on Thursday April 11th at Balerno.